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Address: 21899 County 118, Preston, MN 55965-4501
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Walk across the Carnegie Steel Bridge into 1899 Forestville. Explore the...

Walk across the Carnegie Steel Bridge into 1899 Forestville. Explore the Meighen family store which is filled with original 19th-century merchandise, discover what's cooking in the kitchen and help the hired hands with chores in the garden and farm buildings. Costumed guides portray residents and their daily activities.

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The park has lovely hiking trails and a beautiful stream plus a cave to visit. Forestville itself has very little of the original town left. There are a few buildings so not that... read more

Reviewed March 15, 2017
Ruth F
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Reviewed March 15, 2017 via mobile

The park has lovely hiking trails and a beautiful stream plus a cave to visit. Forestville itself has very little of the original town left. There are a few buildings so not that much to see as far as a "town" but there are frequent historical events and recreations--mostly on weekends during the summer months. These are great for families.... More 

Thank Ruth F
Lawrence, Kansas
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208 reviews
95 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed December 23, 2016

Could not spend as much time there as we would have liked to. Very authentic with much to learn and see. A great way to go back in time.

Thank spencers1621
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79 reviews
44 attraction reviews
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Reviewed July 27, 2016

Went to Historic Forestville Village as a time filler thinking an hour would be enough. What a surprise! Nice trip back in time and wonderful folks playing the parts of the locals from 1899. Very interesting place for the whole family.

Thank borgmaul
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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153 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed May 31, 2016

We were lucky enough to have great weather when we were here recently. We all really enjoyed going through the buildings and interacting with the actors in each one. The store, house, garden, shop... all like stepping back in time. We had two elementary age kids with us and they both raved about it as well.

Thank PurpleMN
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24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed May 29, 2016

My husband and I took our 5 and 14 year olds and we all loved it. The guides were very knowledgeable and were prepared to answer all sorts of questions. My daughter loves history, so she liked that they told her what things would be like for her at this point in history. They had nice interactive things for both... More 

Thank klokken
San Diego, California
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147 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed August 9, 2015

Loved it and traveled back to 1899 for a couple of hours. We stumbled upon Historic Forrestville while getting lost trying to find the Mystery Cave State Park about an hour and a quarter south of Rochester. Forrestville is a small and authentic remnant of a once thriving little town. The docents dress and act in the role of people... More 

Thank Tom F
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
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24 attraction reviews
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Reviewed July 13, 2015 via mobile

I enjoyed visiting this little town. The tourguides are fun, and in character for the time. Interesting to see the store and what would have been available back then. Did some fishing from the bridge.

Thank kristylouise78
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed May 30, 2015

We were travelling as a family, cost to get in was too expensive for us, we just looked at the buildings from the outside. Staff there was rather rude about us just looking, told us we could not go further without paying, which was true, but felt they could have said it in a nicer way. Some of the history... More 

Thank AmyQ49
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed October 6, 2014

I was kind of excited about checking out Forestville as we came into the park, as it is very beautiful and full of a huge variety of trees and natural wheat and grass fields. However, the village was not what I was expecting. We stopped into the park office to get our permit and the man working there was very... More 

Thank Jesse S
Roseville, Minnesota
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32 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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Reviewed July 15, 2014

Go back to 1899 with people dressed appropriately. You even get a treat in the kitchen! Feed chickens, tour the garden, and take time to browse the old store: many interesting items.

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